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Why does fungus form in lenses, and how to get rid of it?

Recently I was using an old Pentax 50mm f/2 that had a quite big green spot, and later I was informed that it was a fungus. A couple of questions raised from this: Why does fungus form inside the ...
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Does Canon have a no lemon policy on EF lenses?

After a certain number of repairs or warranty claims does Canon replace the equipment? Specifically Canon EF lenses. If no defined policy exists, do you have experience one way or another?
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Experiences with lens repairs - Quality degradation?

A friend of mine fell with my new Canon EFS 15-85mm lens - nothing happened to the camera, but the lens is... well see for yourself: As you can see the top part of the lens looks bent towards the ...
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Where is the best place to get my beloved Rollei serviced?

My father gave me a old MF Rollei a few years ago. I've taken it everywhere I travel and gotten some great shots out of it. I know film is much more expensive and quickly going out of "style" as the ...
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How do you tighten loose controls on camera / lenses?

I have this problem: the mode selection wheel on my Canon 5D II is much looser than I'd like and changes values randomly as I take it out of the camera bag. Same thing sometimes happens to the ...
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How to clean a lens cover?

I own an all-in-one camera: a Canon Powershot A710. I'm not aware what happened exactly, but now the automatic cover (the thing that opens when you turn on the camera and the lens pops out) is sticky ...
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How can I make this image appear OK on an average monitor?

I have taken a portrait picture which has to look good. It does look good on the Dell 2410 I use for editing. On the garden variety Fujitsu I use as a secondary monitor, it is terrible. In the face, ...
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Is my Canon speedlite really dead?

My Canon 550ex wouldn't switch on yesterday. Completely dead. Changed the batteries (twice). Still nothing, no indication of life. It was fine last time I used it about a week ago. Is there anything ...
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My 4x5's Rangefinder image is shifted horizontally

I have a Busch-Pressman Model D 4x5 camera (1940's I think) with a synchronized Meyer-Opticraft Rangefinder. I have been trying to fine tune the rangefinder in order to make it useable, but there is ...
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How to fix an image sensor damaged by long sun exposures?

I took a number of shots of the sun during mid-afternoon and now all my images have pink spot where the sun was. Is there anyway to fix this, or is it permanently damaged? The camera was pointed at ...
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Is it worth repairing a broken kit lens?

I dropped my camera while on holiday last summer. Thankfully, my camera wasn't damaged but the kit lens has lost the ability to autofocus and the UV filter and 58mm to 52mm filter step-down (I use it ...
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How to tell if a polarizing filter is too damaged?

I dropped my CPL onto some rocks and it's a bit scratched up. There's no obvious effect in a (very cursory) look at the photos, but are there tests I can do to see if the damage has a visible effect?
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How can I fix a sticky polarizing filter?

I took a gamble and bought a used B+W Circular Polarizer off eBay. The filter looks great but the adjusting ring is a little bit sticky. Is there some way to lubricate this?
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Why is my Nikon 18-200 lens not focusing at higher focal lengths?

My Nikon 18-200 lens on a D300 camera will not focus when it is zoomed between 135mm and 200mm. Is there any tips on how to solve this besides handing it in to a photo store?
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I dropped my P&S, can I fix the zoom by myself?

I dropped my P&S, and now the zoom barrel is like this: It's out of warranty, what's the best way to fix it? Take it apart? Hit the barrel with something? Push it?
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I would like to bare open my Canon D-SLR. Which tools should I buy and use in order to get the best results?

By best results, I mean, not damaging the tiny screws or any other fragile part of the camera. I would like to be able to open it, and then close it again.
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What grease to use on zoom drive gears?

I've had to tear down my Canon A490 pretty much to individual pieces, in order to get a whole load of sand out of the works. In the process, I've probably washed off most of the grease that was in the ...
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How many moving elements in a Canon A490?

I got mugged a few days ago, but got my camera back in the end. Bonus: I got some sand too. I now have the camera in pieces, cleaning them as I go along, and the lens barrel extends and retracts ...
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Will a firmware update/change erase Canon's service center lens calibration settings?

Since it's pretty cheap in Korea, I sent all my prime lenses and my new Canon 60D to be calibrated at the local Canon service center so they can be "matched" to the body. If I install a newer updated ...
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How do I repair a detached SB600 flash head tilt/rotate lock-release button?

The rubber cover that I press to tilt/rotate the head of my SB-600 flash has come off after years of abuse, and it looks like the original adhesive has dried out. Can anyone recommend some ...
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Have I broken my Canon 28-135mm lens after DIY repair?

Last week I removed the front element from my Canon 28 - 135mm lens to remove a grain of sand from the lens. It was easy to remove the 4 screws, take of the top layer of glass and remove the grain. I ...
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How can I fix a broken lens/autofocus?

My 35mm f2 canon lens's autofocus has stopped working. In manual focus mode the focus wheel is locked, and in autofocus mode the focus wheel spins freely but does not change the focus at all. In ...
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Should I get a lens repaired or buy a new one?

I have a 28-135mm Canon lens that I picked up a few years ago for $200. The zoom has started sticking in the last couple of days. It still focuses fine, but can be annoying trying to zoom in/out ...
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What are the options for a damaged zoom lens?

I have had a Nikkor 18-55mm lens for about 3 years. I just realized that my lens only zooms upto 45mm and then gets stuck. This was my first SLR lens, and I did not pay attention to the zoom range ...
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Old photos (plusmin 25) years seem to be glued together: a solution?

I started looking at some very old family albums lately. In some of them there was no plastic-ish foil in between pages, so that photos of adjacent pages were touching eachother, front end of one ...
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How do I remove a broken lens mount ring from a lens?

Today my Nikon d90 was drop with attached Nikkor 18-200mm lens. The lens detached from the body and ripped of the metal ring with screws from the body. How can I fix it? I don't know how to remove the ...
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Focus ring stuck on Canon 17-85mm lens

I have a Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens on which the focus ring is stuck/jammed. Is this something I could easily repair myself? If so, are there any detailed instructions on-line on how to ...
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My DSLR appears to be corrupting CF cards — get new camera or repair?

I have a Canon Rebel XTi which has been ruining CF cards (when I try to see the pictures it tells me the CF card is corrupted--three different cards which were formatted). Anyway I want to know if I ...
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Does the manufacturer reset the metadata shutter count when replacing the shutter?

I've read about this across different forums but have not found a satisfying answer. Does the manufacturer (Canon in particular) reset the metadata shutter count when replacing a shutter?
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Where can I get replacement parts for Canon cameras?

My son accidentally cracked a glass on the back of the camera. It is not an LCD itself, but rather a protective cover over the LCD. I took the camera to photo store and they said they can order the ...
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Digital Camera Screen Is All White - Pictures Taken Are Also All White

I have a Cannon Powershot SX20 - it was working fine one day and then the next the LCD screen and image displayed in the view finder were pure white. I can navigate the menus without any trouble and ...
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How to do DIY repair of rubber grips on Nikon cameras?

The rubber grip is peeling away from my D700, just near the autofocus mode selection switch. That whole (tiny) section of the grib is pretty much coming away. How can I do a DIY repair? What ...
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What sort of damage in a camera can cause these photos?

I've a Sony DSC-F828. Every time I use the camera, I get the following problem after several shots. I get either: A striped image which is overexposed even if I use a very short exposure time (ref. ...
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What tools and spare parts are needed to repair Canon 200mm f/1.8 USM prime lens?

The focus of Canon 200mm f/1.8 L seems to be entirely USM driven. Manually rotating the black ring has no impact at all on mine, as it is broken. What tool set would be the best I could buy (from ...
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How can I fix a broken SLR Mirror?

I have an Olympus OM-1 which I've been using as a backup camera for my film Canon Rebel. However, when the mirror trap became stuck "up" in the Olympus, I tried gingerly to pull the trap back down. It ...
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How do I troubleshoot Canon EF100-400L IS USM failure?

I use my EF100-400 on a Canon 10D. While in IS and auto focus mode, I was shooting a soccer match when the lens abruptly failed to focus, and I got an error message on the camera. I turned off the ...
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Servicing a Voigtlander Bessa from 1929 - how to open the lens assembly?

I recently acquired a Voigtlander Bessa from 1929. It works but there's a dead insect into the lens assembly (between the glasses) and some fungus/dust. I'm trying to open it to remove the insect and ...
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How to open the broken battery slot of my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS?

I have a Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, and the battery slot is the one in the following picture. Unfortunately, someone borrowed it from me, and the broken slot is now broken in a strange way: it is ...
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What might cause stuck focus on a manual lens?

So, today I dropped my ME Super. When I picked it up I realized that the focus ring of the 50mm f2 lens attached didnt turn. My question is, what could cause this? Could it be that the threads inside ...
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How to loosen a Canon 75-300 lens (zoom ring is quite stiff to turn)

My new Canon EF 75-300mm telephoto lens and the zoom ring is quite stiff. Is the lens faulty or is there a way to loosen it up?
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Would you try to repair this equipment?

I finished importing photos into Adobe Lightroom and have these counts for three items that are not working 100% anymore. All three are out of warranty. Canon EOS REBEL T1i - 49,794 photos Tamron ...
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How can I tell if the built-in flash on my dSLR is broken beyond self-repair?

My built-in flash D50 is broken. It is popping up, but it isn't flashing. It fell down, so is it broken, or can I still fix it?
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What might make focus points blurred/gone from viewfinder on Canon T2i after cleaning?

The red lights are all but lost in my T2i now....barely a haze of a blur. The focus points work fine, and I get the audible beep, but I have to check my focus point on the back before shooting and I'm ...
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Canon 1Ds Mk II's scratched Low Pass filter. Now what?

Besides our workhorses (Canon 5D3 and 60D), we have an old camera - Canon 1Ds Mk II which has its OLPF scratched. That is, the camera works (ok, more or less because the signs of time are present on ...
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How would i go about re-covering a Hasselblad?

I have just bought a Hasselblad (500EL) medium format camera for a play with, and it's in quite "used" condition. Some of the leather covering is starting to show its age (peeling/shrinking) so I ...
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Can lens coating be reapplied?

If the lens coating is torn or worn of by extended use, is it possible to reapply it? I don't mean a do it yourself repair, but rather a repair performed by the manufacturer. It also may very well not ...
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Why would a Nikon lens be missing its rubberized focus ring?

So, I was browsing eBay for Nikon 85mm f/1.8 lenses and I came across this listing. The remarkable thing is the neat absence of the focusing ring, but otherwise pristine appearance of the lens. I was ...
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Canon G11 Lens problems

My wife has a Canon G11 purchased in April 2010. This was purchased through a legitimate B&M store for ~700. It has recently developed a spot on the Lens/sensor (it comes into focus when zoomed ...
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Is there any damage that a lens can have that is unrepairable?

Just wondering after I dropped my lens and had it repaired is there any specific kind of damage that would ruin a lens to the point where you'd be better just buying another used one. I'm ...
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Can I replace or repair the rubber wrapper for ease of holding my Rebel T2i?

I just got my Rebel T2i in the last two or three months, and since I haven't bought a camera bag yet, I just take my camera in my backpack with my notebook and other accessories. I don't know how ...